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Family life in American Beauty IIntroduction IIA view on the contemporary American family aThe stereotypical American family - Does it exist bGender roles and marriage cWomen in workforce - Masculinity in crisis IIIThe Burnhams - A suburban family drama aA modern double-career family - the Burnhams bOut of the monotony - A bit on the side cThe effect of being dishonest - A family disbands IVConclusion VBibliography I Introduction It probably took me more than 3 years after its coming on screen in 1999 that I felt like watching American Beauty I confess that I did not know what the movie was about Just from looking at the posters advertising the movie everywhere at the time the film was released I presumed that it would be about teenage love and relationship Not another one of those high school-teenage-first love movies I thought This is really something the world doesnt need anymore The average school life of teenagers presented in this sort of movie is so distant from the school life I experienced that I hardly felt the urge to watch any more of these films I was sick and tired of the homogeneous uniform American youth film type where rich kids look down on their poorer classmates and ugly ducklings transform miraculously into swans Some kind of wonderful Never been kissed Shes all that etc are just three out of numerous movies which all operate under the same scheme The wealthy school kids are beautiful and popular yet often dumb and conceited and everybody wants to be near them or even join their elitist clique The poor which means average students are on the whole intelligent and upright yet unattractive and lonely and they either desperately want to part of the elitist clique or they despise the rest of the world and keep to themselves Black and white right and left there
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